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Matsco Security Advisory (Breach Alert)

In Cyber Security, Financial Services Technology by Amaya Swanson

Late last week, a massive data breach of 773 million email addresses and 21 million passwords was uncovered. These numbers are the net results after Troy Hunt — the security researcher who runs the website Have I Been Pwned — removed duplicates from the data found on MEGA, a cloud service. Hunt was the first to report the breach and …

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CEO Fraud: An Overview

In Cyber Security, Financial Services Technology by Amaya Swanson

The name “CEO Fraud” isn’t as on the nose as one could hope, but it’s a lot easier to say than “C-Level/ Executive Team/ Finance Department/ Really Anyone with the Ability to Wire Funds Scam”. The FBI opts to call the scheme “Business Email Compromise” (or “BEC”) and defines it as a “sophisticated scam in which a criminal actor uses …

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Chain letters: forward this or you will have bad luck for three years

In Cyber Security, Financial Services Technology by Amaya Swanson

Chain letters, as most of us remember them, used to be annoying emails that displayed hundreds of people’s email addresses as it was forwarded from person to person (blind carbon copy was a Great Unknown back then, evidently). The first known chain letter dates back to 1888, which consisted of a letter soliciting dimes, and instructing the readers to make …

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Social Media Best Practices

In Cyber Security, Financial Services Technology by Amaya Swanson

Social media is here to stay, and whether you’re on one platform or all of them, here are our best practices to keep you – and your information – safe: Lock it down. Nearly all social media platforms allow users to control their privacy and visibility, providing the opportunity to keep social media content private to only friends and accepted connections. …

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Stay Protected While Connected, Part Two

In Cyber Security by Amaya Swanson

Earlier this week we discussed the risks of public Wi-Fi  While using unsecured Wi-Fi is almost never recommended, we’re realistic and realize that sometimes you just have to get online. Here are reminders of the best practices to protecting yourself while on public Wi-Fi: Don’t allow your Wi-Fi to auto-connect to networks Don’t enter any of your Personally Identifiable Information (PII), …